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Old 8th July 2017, 20:12
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Re: Top ace of the calendar year

Good morning Gentlemen,

the list needs an update with all the corrections and additions gathered so far:

Year / Top ace of the calendar year / victories
1915 Max Immelmann & Lanoe Hawker 7
1916 Oswald Boelcke 34
1917 Manfred von Richthofen 48
1918 René Fonck 56

1936 Joaquin Garcia-Morato 15,5
1937 Joaquin Garcia-Morato 13
1938 Werner Mölders & Tetsuzo Iwamoto 14 and/or Sergei Gritsevets 7+24
1939 Hiromichi Shinohara 58
1940 Adolf Galland 57
1941 Günther Lützow 83
1942 Hermann Graf 160
1943 Walter Nowotny 194
1944 Erich Hartmann 177
1945 Walther Dahl 43 (dubious), maybe rather Günther Josten 39

1950 Stepan Naumenko & Li Don Gu 5
1951 Nikolai Sutyagin 19
1952 Frederick Blesse 10
1953 Joseph McConnell 16

1967 Nguyen Van Coc 6

1970 Abraham Shalmon 5,5

1972 Richard Ritchie & Randall Cunningham 5
1973 Giora Epstein 12

1980 Yadollah Sharifirad 5

1982 Amir Nahumi 6

Cheers,

Michael
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